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How the Race Was Won

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 01, 2023

a composite image of a 110-meter hurdles race at the 2023 world championships

What an amazing, info-dense composite photograph taken by Casey Sims of the semi-finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest from last month. You can see and analyze the entire race, just from this one image. Eventual finals winner Grant Holloway is in lane 5 and led from start to finish.

Head-Stabilized Champion Hurdler

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 10, 2020

This is a video of world champion Grant Holloway doing the 110-meter hurdles that's been modified to keep his head right in the middle of the video. While champion hurdlers don't keep their heads as still as birds do when hunting, Holloway's relative lack of motion is incredible.

In this view, you can clearly see how expert hurdlers don't jump their whole bodies over the hurdle (like Super Mario or something) — it's more that they just bring their lower bodies up over the hurdles while their heads & shoulders remain more or less the same height from the ground. There's hardly any lateral motion either — very little wasted energy here.